By working with the community to manage stormwater effectively, we are improving the quality of water that ends up in Newcastle waterways and on our beaches.
Stormwater is rainwater that falls on the roof of your house, or collects on paved areas like driveways, roads and footpaths and is carried away through our drains, pipes and channels to our local creeks, wetlands, estuaries and finally to the ocean.
We manage 1,487 kilometres of kerb and gutter, 526 kilometres of stormwater drainage, 18,211 stormwater pits, 237 water quality devices, 603 stormwater outlets and headwalls, 67 kilometres of creek, 63 wetlands
and 8 kilometres of river wall
. Concrete stormwater channels across the city and the sewerage system is owned and managed by Hunter Water
Hunter Local Land Services
also has a role in stormwater and catchment management in Newcastle and our Stormwater Management Plan
(pdf) represent a commitment between the three agencies and the community to work in a cooperative manner whilst having regard to the principles of total catchment management.